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Help your clients make a true impact in a changing world

The popularity of responsible investing (RI) is growing. RI represents 50.6% of Canada's investment industry as at December 31, 2017, up from 37.8% two years earlier. Institutional investors have also caught on to the potential of RI, with 65% of their assets under management now invested in RI products.1

Investors are becoming increasingly interested in environmental and social issues and may be looking to ensure their investment portfolio reflects their concerns about sustainability. Responsible investment (RI) can offer your clients concrete solutions that can make a positive impact on the world and potentially on their portfolio at the same time.

Desjardins is first in RI and has been a Canadian pioneer in the field since 1990. Our goal is to equip advisors to become their clients’ trusted source for RI. We apply our expertise and track record in this market segment to make it easy for advisors to deliver RI solutions to their clients, incorporate these solutions into client investment plans and seize the compelling opportunities offered by the world’s move to a greener economy.

Canada’s #1 RI solutions provider working for your clients

Solutions

The largest range of RI solutions in Canada, with over 25 product options

Commitment

The first Canadian financial institution to sign the UN Principles for:

  • Responsible Investment
  • Sustainable Insurance
  • Responsible Banking

Comprehensive line

The first to offer RI mutual funds in all the major asset classes:

  • RI emerging markets fund
  • 100% green bond fund
  • RI Global High Yield Bond Fund

Coaching

Partner of choice providing value for to advisor:

  • Webinars
  • Certified training
  • Sales documents

Studies on responsible investment highlight that having stringent environmental, social and governance (ESG) practices can potentially have a positive impact on financial performance2 3.

  • Business Opportunities in RI

    Can sustainable development create value? What are the bottom-line benefits for companies that adopt stringent environmental practices?

    Discover how RI can lead your clients to strong companies that also make a positive environmental impact.

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  • Our Distinctive Approach to RI

    Want to know more about real-world investment cases of the positive impacts generated by Desjardins’ RI solutions?

    Find out how Desjardins is helping to achieve tangible results.

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  • RI Solutions for any Client Need

    Did you know that Desjardins offers the widest range of RI products available in Canada?

    25 distinct solutions: a comprehensive product range that helps you fulfill any of your client investing/RI goals.

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  • Trends in RI

    What business opportunities are available and which client segments are most receptive to RI?

    Find out how to grow your practice with RI.

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  • Our RI Expertise

    What RI strategies does Desjardins apply to the development of its investment solutions?

    Find out how our portfolio managers directly influence the companies selected for investment.

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Show clients they can be part of the solution

Share this series of videos on the sustainability issues we’re facing, the opportunities that RI represents and the companies that are creating change. When your clients choose Desjardins RI solutions, they’re choosing interesting potential returns while making a real-world positive impact.

Water management

We support innovative businesses that are tackling water management and sanitation issues.

Text transcript of the video: Responsible investing; A long-term trend that powers growth. Water: Challenges and opportunities

[Context: You can hear a narrator speaking throughout the video.]

Did you know that if something isn’t done by 2030, we’ll only be able to meet 60% of the global demand for drinking water?

[On-screen legal text: The United Nations World Water Development Report 2015, Water for a Sustainable World.]

Some of them are looking for more efficient, cost-effective ways to turn sea water into fresh water. Others are developing treatment methods that require fewer chemicals.

It’s projected that $7.5 trillion need to be spent on water infrastructure until 2030.

[On-screen legal text: McKinsey Global Institute, Bridging Global Infrastructure Gaps, June 2016.]

It’s not surprising that there are businesses that have seized this opportunity to improve infrastructures, and others that are developing new systems to detect and prevent leaks.

Responsible investing targets businesses that anticipate risks and seize opportunities.

Your investment portfolio can capitalize on the growth potential of these businesses now.

Talk to your advisor about responsible investing.

 

Waste management

We select innovative companies that design circular production solutions to limit waste production.

Text transcript of the video: Responsible investing; A long-term trend that powers growth. Waste management: Challenges and opportunities

[Context: You can hear a narrator speaking throughout the video.]

Did you know that if something isn’t done, there will be more plastic than fish in our oceans by 2050?

[On-screen legal text: World Economic Forum, 2016. The New Plastics Economy: Rethinking the Future of Plastics.]

Clearly, we’re facing some huge challenges.

It’s projected that by 2050, global waste production will increase by 70%.

[On-screen legal text: World Bank Group, What a Waste, 2018.]

To deal with this issue, some businesses have committed to reducing waste at the source. They are moving from a linear economy that produces unnecessary waste to a circular economy. Waste is designed out of the system or injected back into the production cycle. It’s a win-win solution that optimizes resources and reduces waste.

Responsible investing targets businesses that anticipate risks AND seize opportunities.

Your investment portfolio can capitalize on the growth potential of these businesses now.

Talk to your advisor about responsible investing.

Be proactive

Help clients take action today. Recommend Desjardins’ industry-leading responsible investment solutions.

Materials and training

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